Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World


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The world’s largest VRMMO, Conviction, was almost like a second world for humanity. It had integrated itself into the real world’s economy, with both corporations and individuals seeking their fortunes through the game.

In this game, Nie Yan prided himself in his Level 180 Thief. He could barely be considered among the top experts in the game. Though, that was the only thing he could take pride in. He was penniless and unable to advance in life; a situation he was forced into by the enemy of his father. If it weren’t for the little money he made by selling off items in Conviction, he would’ve barely been able to eat. In the end, he chose to settle his matters once and for all. He assassinated his father’s enemy. He lay dying shortly after being shot in the pursuit.

However, that wasn’t the end of his story. Instead, he awoke moments later to find that he had reincarnated into his past-self. Armed with his experience and knowledge of future events, he sets out to live his life anew.

Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World average rating 4.1/5 - 384 user ratings
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Chong Sheng Zhi Zei Xing Tian Xia
Hidup Kembali Seorang Pencuri yang Berkelana Dunia
Trùng Sinh Chi Tặc Hành Thiên Hạ
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New Thelocator rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: --
Fun too read. But They are many plot holes. I give it a 4 because it's still a good read and not poorly written. The flawed logic are terrible though.

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1) How does he remember the dates when all the patches are release in game. He was supposed to have started playing way later in his previous life. Yet he knows everything that is going to happen in the first two weeks. He seems to be able to know where all one of a kind item are located even though he never go it. Or how does he even remember the exact dates in which every new patch the VR game came out with. He even remembers all of the top players and minor top players..... In his previous life he was a small fry he should know all these not so important minor top players.
2) He trained for almost no time at all and he body just got super strong. It takes some time to go from weak to strong physically.
3) Why he doesn't try to change his friend even though his friend died in the previous life because his friend was cocky and a play boy.
4) In the game appears you can't get the pages or chest once someone already has them. No game has that kind of game logic.
5) In one of the major combat scene he's all surrounded but somehow reinforcements can just join in, in the circle.
6) Any dropped item can be taken by anyone. Now that logic is messed up. That means you can just wait for people to kill stuff and players then steal their loot.
7) In one combat scene there are 300 players against 30 or so and they couldn't even kill their main target???

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New acoleman2 rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: --
It's a fun read. Wish it was a little less wuxia, but no helping it I guess. More than anything, I'm just glad that there's another VRMMORPG novel being consistently and speedily translated besides Zhan Long. Cheers for picking this up WuxiaWorld/LittleShanks. As for recommendations to readers who like this: try the Hunter novel on GravityTales (all about the female Huntress game character), Emperor of Solo Play (different from this, but still a good game novel), and King's Avatar. King's Avatar is kinda the standard... more>> for all game novels in my opinion because it's the only one that really feels like gaming. <<less
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jacobpaige rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Written at chapter 13:

If you liked TDG, then you'll probably like this. Its basically the same story with a smaller cast, a (so far) more likable MC, a different setting and the BS luck meter turned up a few notches.

That said, its poorly written. The author clearly has no idea if the people are playing a full immersion VRMMO or a standard point and click MMO with a VR headset. No matter which one you try to pretend he's describing, you'll find gaping plot holes to prove you wrong.

The... more>> MC never really has to work for anything and I doubt he ever will. If something doesn't seem to be going his way, wait a few paragraphs, it'll turn into a fortuitous event that would cause others to spit up blood and writhe with envy. The author likes to handwave this with "destiny" and "luck" even though the readers know its just poor writing and the kind of laziness that causes him to think that building foundations in his story is unnecessary.

Honestly, I can't recommend this series to anyone other than TDG fans. <<less
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chillyk rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c22
Gosh! This novel was amusing to read. Kept on reading until I realized that not many chapters were out...It also kind of reminds me of The King's Avatar because the main character has knowledge and skills that exceed others.
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null rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c100
To sum this story up : MC wish fulfillment bullsht every chapter (at least up to raw ch 100 that I read).

Need money ? he got 1001 ways to get money. Need skill books ? 1:10000 drop rate lets bend it to 100% drop rate. no drop no problem , other people gonna sell it on auction house or vending stall. or wait , he gonna get it for free because he is MC. Need people for raid ? boom , everyone wants to party with MC. People PK him... more>> or his friend ? here comes free gears.

I rate this 3/10 or early stage brain cancer inducing novel. Rounded down to 1/5 because no positive review from few other people that read this till the end. <<less
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shuiko rated it
July 22, 2016
Status: c32
The series is actually ridiculously troll and funny all at the same time. Plus the combat and characters interactions are top notch.

As a add-on, MC is on the OP side of things, but he's not like a god, he just maximizes what he has.

If you're waiting for English TL well... I pray for your soul.
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pandicorn rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c100
I don't really get the hate around here tho. Sure MC is lucky, Sure his love interest has as much personality as a toenail. Sure he pretty much gets almost everything that he wants and because of that I for one would rate the originality and plot 2/5 but story wise its quite fun. Story telling is a solid 4 I think. Decent descriptions and interactions that will keep you entertained throughout the read lest you be sherlock. What I like about mad snail is that his flow is good.... more>> The transition between mini arcs of what the MC needs to do is smooth and the mini arcs are interesting as well. Is he a cheat, of course he is. Just like any other xianxia or CN MC out there. If that's your reason to diss the novel than maybe you're in the wrong place. <<less
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Trent rated it
July 19, 2016
Status: c16
At first I was impressed. Later on I wasn’t.

Viewed one way, the transition between reality and game is smooth. And then you realize that perspective doesn't give a reliable indication of the author’s skill, and he’s just writing whatever he feels like. He farts on logic and sanctifies inconsistencies.

The virtual world in this novel is a fun place when it’s making sense. But seriously, I have no idea what I’m reading by this point. The MC is a patchwork. The author isn’t picky with his clichés, and just puts one... more>> after another without shaping them to fit the story.

Eventually, I may try reading more in the hope that it improves. For now, I'd give it 2.5 stars. <<less
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Potatos rated it
January 6, 2017
Status: c123
3/5, not bad.
To me at least, it was honestly very immersing and I binge read it until the latest chapter at the time which was about chapter 80-ish. However, it all went downhill from there...... not so bad that it would be a cliff fall, but a pretty steep hill.
Before I get on to that though, first what made the earlier chapters great:
- May partially be because I've only read 1 vr novel before this, but it was refreshing and new
- Main character is reasonable and... more>> doesn't behave like a lunatic for no real reason(sighs, you know you've read too many bad novels when you can say this)
- MC has realistic interactions with others, girls and guys do not fall head over heels for him at first sight
- NO HAREM!!!! :) not that they're bad, but they are very rarely written well,
- MC is not EXTREMELY lucky(still lucky though, but that's the expected plot armor)

What killed it for me:
- MC starts to forget about reality. I think it was about chapter 95 or something that I realized he hadn't been out of the vr world in a really long time. He's left like once in the past 40 chapters...
- MC used to have real life goals like studying and becoming strong, but at this point I'm pretty sure he has forgotten all about them
- MC and presumed love interest have seen each other ONCE throughout the translated chapters
- MC does not eat or sleep.
- Too much stuff is crammed in at once. It's sort of similar to Reincarnator where the MC doesn't get a break and there is way too much action crammed in at once. Not that I like filler chapters, but at this point the MC's mental health is going to plummet.

Good for me, bad for novel:
- MC's dedication to game and lack of life makes me feel not-so-bad about myself. At least I go out once in a while. <<less
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Liesmith rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c65
This is a pretty terrible book. Positive first: I don't think there's any problem with the translation; the English is fine, reads like a native speaker. if i was just measuring the translation it'd be around 3 stars, I think.

Unfortunately, that's it. That's the positive. The book is really quite bad. The main character seems to always get his way, minor early setbacks to demonstrate that he's not invincible aside. he's poor, but he has exactly enough money to buy a VR headset and he's gonna be rich almost immediately.... more>> he needs a new dagger, he gets a new dagger. He needs to escape a dragon, a pack of powerful NPC knights are rolling through town at just the right time. He also makes little sense: the book starts with him thrown back in time ten years, after dying while murdering the man who ruined his father, and he chooses to take this opportunity to... devote himself to getting really really good at world of warcraft. His father, who he died avenging, has so far not been introduced in this story.

The other characters are shallowly written. We've met the girl in the game who is clearly the same as the pretty girl he knows in real life, the other pretty girl who is rude to him who is revealed to be a slut and therefore worthless (unlike our cool dude! He's strong, and cool, and not a tremendous loser at all), the friend who exists to suck up to him, the enemies and rivals who exist to say 'wow, this guy's the real deal!' all the time. the action isn't interesting, the videogame crap isn't interesting, the cosmology and worldbuilding are painted on. If you're obsessed with MMOs and your answer to the question of what you'd do if you had 10 years of your life back was 'i'd cheat at MMOs' then maybe this is the book for you. although you'd probably have more fun actually playing a game. It's impossible for me to sustain any interest in this book. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
May 2, 2016
Status: --
I really like this currently, but if a few wrong steps are taken it could turn out bad. It’s balancing on a tightrope right now… I’m a bit worried it’ll turn into a zhan long or some really flat repetitive thing… fingers crossed. ^-^
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1life4death rated it
September 4, 2016
Status: --
Been a few months now, and the novel has a decent amount of chapters. so this is a more in depth overall opinion on this novel. It is still a good read and something that I come back to but at the same time, compare to others, I don't keep track of it as much anymore. My reasoning falls along the same line as most of the other low rating reviews, so I won't say much into it but if you want a general idea just look at Potatos... more>> review because his reason for why the novel kill it for him is basically the same for me. Especially the lack of interest in the real world outside of the game, even though it seem to play a major role in the novel especially at the beginning (was hoping to see more side stories into it).

***Old Review***:
found this today and by the time I was done, I caught up to the latest chapter. Think TDG meets VRMMO then that basically what this novel is. Still have some work to be done when it comes to the author's idea of VRMMO immersion and the often cliche's but overall still worth a read <<less
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Llamia rated it
May 10, 2016
Status: --
This story is very good so far. I really like second chance, time travel stories. The MC is this story is smart and he is taking his second chance in a very logical manner.
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clowred rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c101
Its completely all over the place. The entire story divides in thousands of pieces and then trows half of them outside the window hoping the reads will forget about them. We get a beginning where the protagonist is more of an modern wuxia hero who became some sort of vigilante, after which we get a nerd with too much self esteem. The main love interest appears in one chapter and then the MC completely forgets about her, unless he is comparing her with some other woman. The game elements are... more>> decent and enjoyable, but that's only because I'm comparing it to Zhan Long, from which this story steals a lot of elements. At least its not as long as Zhan Long and the conclusion will arrive faster. Still, considering 1/9 of the story is translated and the MC has barely done anything outstanding the story will most likely get a boost a little later and a lot of elements will be skipped so the MC could mingle both in RL and inside the game <<less
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Gafiam rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: c76
I like these stories about time travel to correct your past like TDG and Emperor of Solo Play, so I'm liking this one a lot as well. Don't know what people are expecting however after reading some of the critics, obviously at the start, before he atracts too much attention to himself, he won't face an impossible setback, since most of the setbacks can be overcome by a person who is 10 years more mature than his age, with much more knowledge about the game universe than enyone else. So,... more>> the way the author is building the novel is being really enjoyable for me, I'm anxious to see in what position all these preparations will leave him later on. Knowing that the novel is already finished and the translator liked it to the point of translating it also brings me up a lot. <<less
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porkbuns rated it
February 28, 2017
Status: c150 start off...we're supposedly in some sort of a futuristic world where businesses invest tons of money into VMMORPGs...and i'm not talking about the video game developer or the publisher, but into the actual game itself; to be more specific, they're backing guilds (providing funds for them using real money? much pay to win O.o) and investing into the economy within the game (apparently opening up stores, auction houses, etc.). To be honest, I'm not sure I understand how they're suppose to earn a profit in real world money by... more>> investing into virtual economy inside of a game (it's never really explained, but hey...maybe I've just never personally delved deep enough into the gaming world to experience this aspect of it).


- the main character's parents strike it rich some how by helping the government smuggle (I don't get why it's smuggling when the government is paying them O.o) this rare and super revolutionary metal (that we're never going to know or hear anything about again) into the country and then starting up some sort of a metal smelting factory/company
- using the money they earn, they invest in this new VMMORPG that just came out they start up this big guild and do a bunch of stuff in the game (not really explain in detail either, but the main character said by doing this, it supposedly would have provided money for the family for years to come)
- then comes this other big bad businessman that starts another guild. using that guild, he demolishes everything that the main character's dad invested in (causing the main character's dad a big loss)
- unable to take the loss, main character's dad suicides and mom dies soon after
- pissed off, the main character somehow turns into some sort of a vigilante assassin by reading some magical training manual online and decides to go kill the businessman that ruined his dad
- he ends up killing the guy with a sniper rifle bullet to the head, but somehow ends up getting shot in the back while making his escape (worst assassin ever (I mean he did use a sniper, which means he should have been pretty far away, and I just don't see bodyguards carrying around high power rifles, especially not in Asia)? or just plain bad luck?)
- our MC ends up getting revived and somehow gets sent back in time, while he's at it
- having been given another chance, our MC decides to build up his power inside of a game in order to oppose the businessman that fucked over his dad (after reading 150 chapters...i still think this whole investing real life capital into a VMMORPG economy in order to make bank is just utterly ridiculous...)


Romance: complete and utter crap, might as well completely take it all out so I don't have to cringe every time the main character see a female character (the author describes and sexualizes the fuck out of every female entity we meet)

Now I'm just nitpicking a bit too much, but:

- the game's server seems to go down on almost a daily basis for maintenance right after it launches (the author seems to use this as an excuse to add in some crappy real life chapters here and there)
- BS OP items where there's apparently 1 of in the game and the main character just happens to get it (talk about being imbalanced)
- seems like a lot of skills have 30 sec cool down times (author mentions it for the 1st few skill he learns and just completely stops later on)
- the idea of forcing the player to create a character based on their real life appearance...I mean, what designer thought this was a good idea
- abysmal drop rate of items (even regular crafting items that cost 2 copper a pop seem to have a drop rate of 0.5%), but the main character seems to be able to miraculously get whatever he needs (most of the time)
- the fact that you have guilds full of assholes (literally tens of thousands of players) that go around kill stealing and player killing
- the fact that guilds would spend the effect to send out hundreds of people at the same time to hunt down 2 people


This is a decent read if you want to quickly flip through it real quick, but don't expect anything amazing :P <<less
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athafil rated it
October 4, 2016
Status: c77
This novel is truly refreshing because it really give you the feeling of a true immersion in a VR Game. The Mc wins his fight but because he knows how to play and to avoid issues not because he is too strong. He is building his progress step by step and in logical way Beautiful really beautiful
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Shikon rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: c76
I just picked up this novel and find the pacing to be good with a likable MC. Sure, he's a bit OP, but I find that it's a nice feel-good addition to the mix of the many novels I'm currently following.
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Deyna rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: c75
Even though there are many stories with similar plotlines, and even more similarities in tropes, there are still readers who enjoy reading them. This is one such story. You can identify the tropes, you may be able to foresee the story, but in the end, it's a literary adventure to go. The quality of the translation is high, and I'm looking forward to how this develops in the next couple of hundred chapters
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Fluffy rated it
December 11, 2015
Status: --
So because it stop being translated I started reading it translated by systranet(grammar was horrible) and figured out mistranlated words meanings and...I read it all. It was fairly good once you look away from the grammar. Nie Yan went through different things to change the his future which was fun reading except the ending which for some reason he made another after, kinda more like a small short story of Nie Yan and the girl he loves. Anywho to any that is like me to read a promising story that... more>> is stop translating, give this story a whirl. <<less
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CharlieSierra rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: c145
This novel is currently one of my absolute favorites. The MC is clever and effectively utilizes his knowledge of future events to start building his own empire, to both support his family and suppress his enemies from his past life. He is loyal to those who were loyal to him in his past life. If I have any complaints, it's that I would like for there to be more coverage of real life (very game focused right now).

For those who enjoy romance, there is basically no romance as of now,... more>> although there are some potential love interests. At the beginning, he does seem a bit too OP, but now more adequate challenges are arising for the MC. <<less
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UnknownSaint171 rated it
February 5, 2017
Status: c139
Isn't this a bit over exaggerated? The Romance is just as bad as TDG. MC possessive and likes her because she's extremely beautiful. The Author seriously has a bad habit for Romance. Why couldn't it had been Yao Yao? She's stubborn, clever and funny...

It took me like 30-50Chapters to finally understand the world. Its kind of like a rip off Galactic Dark Net. But still passable.
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Apperantly he learned several Martial Arts and how to kill 'online' and became a professional killer... That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! The story is seriously unbalanced because of the situations between Real Life and Online. I thought it would be a Assassin reincarnation to another world story. But the way it is now there's no good balance or good direction to focus on the story.


If you can ignore the Romance. Then read this. Its really funny and I love the RPG game elements. Its good cheat world building. I love the Players interactions. It just feels to short and easy! I wish this was thought of properly..

I love the fact that Tang Yao whose a playboy falls in love with that Lou girl. You could say she saved him from dying since he in the previously life he died from being a womanizer. I think they suit each other. I still don't know if they'll end up together... I love the fact that the MC uses his friends as a shield to hide his identity but the story to fast to enable to join it. Before you know it your done with this. Its really short


For now i certainly love this more then TDG though... Its to soon to say <<less
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